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Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction | August 2013

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redstarRUSCH, Elizabeth. Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives. 76p. (Scientists in the Field Series). bibliog. diag. glossary. index. map. notes. Houghton Mifflin. 2013. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-0-547-50350-9. LC 2012034055.

Gr 5-9–What does another book about volcanoes or natural disasters matter to a nonfiction section these days? In the case of this addition to the series, it matters a lot. This book gives tragic and terrifying volcanoes a sense of story that other books lack by talking about real-life crises and how individuals came together to keep millions of people safe. Young geology enthusiasts may not realize that there are so many volcanoes in the world, erupting constantly and posing threats to so many people, so the maps and personal narratives are eye-opening. The text is easy to understand but does not oversimplify the content, and the captions for the full-color photos give brief but valuable information about the images. In addition to telling the stories of specific, recent volcanic eruptions and how volcanologists reacted, there are also many pages with general information that help readers gain necessary vocabulary and see the big picture of volcanic activity. The book includes an extensive index, a helpful glossary, chapter notes citing sources, and a selected bibliography that is fairly lengthy, covering quite a breadth of sources. A great addition for all collections.–Trina Bolfing, Westbank Libraries, Austin, TX

redstarSAMPSON, Sally. ChopChop: The Kids’ Guide to Cooking Real Food with Your Family. 208p. S & S. Aug. 2013. pap. $19.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-8587-9; ebook $11.99. ISBN 978-1-4516-8589-3.

Gr 3-8–By the creator of ChopChop: The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, this book has a simple concept: teach kids to cook wholesome foods and you will not only get help in the kitchen and build positive family memories, but also set up youngsters for a lifetime of healthy eating. With a balance of health food and kid appeal as well as kitchen chemistry, history, and the facts about smart choices, this is more than a collection of recipes. Many (soups, salad dressings, smoothies, sandwiches, vegetables, chocolate chip cookies, and more) merely provide the basic instructions and then invite kids to build their own; the smoothie section includes a simple chart that they can use to select ingredients that sound appealing. Included in the beginning is a note to children, a note for parents, a list of essential ingredients and equipment to have on hand, and even a seasoning experiment. Each recipe lets youngsters know if an adult is needed, the hands-on time, the total time, kitchen gear necessary, and, of course, ingredients. The photographs show fully engaged kids having a really good time making and enjoying beautiful food. A delicious standout title, sure to inspire the next generation of chefs.–Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN

redstarSANDLER, Martin W. Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II. 176p. bibliog. charts. further reading. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. Walker. Aug. 2013. Tr $22.99. ISBN 978-0-8027-2277-5; PLB $23.89. ISBN 978-0-8027-2278-2.

Gr 7 Up–Sandler expertly crafts a narrative that manages to explain the horror and incomprehensibility of locking up American citizens in prison camps simply because of their ethnic ancestry. Japanese American relocation has long been expurgated from school history texts about World War II, and here this delicate topic is handled with sensitivity and insight, providing an in-depth look at the full story, from anti-Japanese sentiments during the first wave of immigration through more current issues such as redress. A close examination of both the nation’s feelings after the attack on Pearl Harbor and the political conversations that followed is an important part of the story that leads up to the actual relocation of hundreds of thousands of people. There is also a lengthy and moving section about the young Japanese Americans who served in the military in a variety of capacities, from actual combat to intelligence and translation services. Sandler makes it clear that these brave folks were battling prejudice and tyranny overseas while their families and friends were suffering under it back at home. The irony was not lost on them. Photographs help to further the narrative and yet tell their own story, offering rich detail and putting a human face on this tragic episode. A must-have for any library collection.–Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

The following titles are reviewed in the August 1, 2013 print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Grades 5 & Up

ANDERSON, Michael. Abraham Lincoln. ISBN 978-1-61530-942-9. LC 2012020487.

––––.Ronald Reagan. ISBN 978-1-61530-944-3. LC 2012026713.

HOLLAR, Sherman. Andrew Jackson. ISBN 978-1-61530-941-2. LC 2012019291.

––––.Barack Obama. map. ISBN 978-1-61530-945-0. LC 2012034011.

ea vol: 80p. (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. reprods. websites. Britannica. 2013. lib. ed. $32.90. ebook available.

ARETHA, David. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington. 112p. (The Civil Rights Movement Series). bibliog. chron. index. notes. photos. Morgan Reynolds. 2013. lib. ed. $28.95. ISBN 978-1-59935-372-2. ebook available. LC 2012035355.

BARBER, Nicola. Cloning and Genetic Engineering. illus. ISBN 978-1-4488-7187-2. LC 2012013797.

––––.The Death Penalty. chron. reprods. ISBN 978-1-4488-7185-8. LC 2012021963.

COSTER, Patience. Animal Rights. reprods. ISBN 978-1-4488-7184-1. LC 2012023102.

––––.Euthanasia. ISBN 978-1-4488-7186-5. LC 2012026948.

ea vol: 48p. (Both Sides of the Story Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Rosen Central. 2013. lib. ed. $29.25. ebook available.

BASCOMB, Neal. The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi. 256p. bibliog. index. map. notes. photos. reprods. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. Sept. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-43099-9; ebook $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-56239-3.

BOW, James. What Is the Executive Branch? ISBN 978-0-7787-0902-2.

––––.What Is the Legislative Branch? ISBN 978-0-7787-0879-7.

RODGER, Ellen. What Is the Judicial Branch? reprods. ISBN 978-0-7787-0880-3. LC 2013001275.

ea vol: 32p. (Your Guide to Government Series). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Crabtree. 2013. lib. ed. $26.60.

CARSON, Mary Kay. Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More: A History with 21 Activities. 124p. charts. chron. diags. further reading. glossary. illus. index. maps. photos. reprods. websites. Chicago Review Press. 2013. pap. $18.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-544-1. LC 2012046330.

CATTERALL, Clive. The Hot Air Balloon Book: Build and Launch Kongming Lanterns, Solar Tetroons, and More. 240p. (Science in Motion Series). chart. diag. illus. photos. Chicago Review Press. Aug. 2013. pap. $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-096-5.

CORRIGAN, Jim. The Korean War. 172p. chron. glossary. photos. (Modern American Conflicts Series). Morgan Reynolds. 2013. $28.95. ISBN 978-1-59935-403-3.

CYRUS, Kurt. Your Skeleton Is Showing: Rhymes of Blunder from Six Feet Under. illus. by Crab Scrambly. 32p. Hyperion/Disney. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4231-3846-4. LC 2011014439.

DAKERS, Diane. The Beatles: Leading the British Invasion. ISBN 978-0-7787-1035-6; ISBN 978-0-7787-1045-5.

DOWN, Susan Brophy. Muhammad Ali: The Greatest. ISBN 978-0-7787-1034-9; ISBN 978-0-7787-1043-1.

ea vol: 112p. (Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies Series). chron. further reading. glossary. index. photos. reprods. websites. Crabtree. 2013. lib. ed. $33.27; pap. $12.95. ebook available.

FARNDON, John, Alex Woolf, Anne Rooney, & Liz Gogerly. Great Scientists. ISBN 978-1-4777-0405-9. LC 2012032245.

––––.Great Mathematicians. ISBN 978-1-4777-0402-8. LC 2012032367.

ea vol: 128p. (Great People in History Series). chart. diag. further reading. glossary. illus. index. photos. reprods. websites. Rosen. 2013. lib. ed. $34.60. ebook available.

GOLDISH, Meish. Disabled Dogs. ISBN 978-1-61772-697-2. LC 2012032978.

––––.Soldiers’ Dogs. ISBN 978-1-61772-696-5. LC 2012032064.

ea vol: 32p. (Dog Heroes Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Bearport. 2013. lib. ed. $25.27.

HAND, Carol. Depleted & Contaminated Soil and Your Food Supply. chart. ISBN 978-1-4488-8414-8. LC 2012023106.

HEOS, Bridget. Radioactive Contamination and Your Risk. ISBN 978-1-4488-8415-5. LC 2012024850.

LANDAU, Jennifer. Pesticides and Your Body. ISBN 978-1-4488-8413-1. LC 2012018544.

ea vol: 48p. (Incredibly Disgusting Environments Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Rosen Central. 2013. lib. ed. $29.25. ebook available.

KRULL, Kathleen. Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought). illus. by Kathryn Hewitt. 96p. (Lives of Series). further reading. Houghton Harcourt. 2013. Tr $20.99. ISBN 978-0-15-205909-5. LC 2012953333.

LAVERY, Brian. The Conquest of the Ocean: An Illustrated History of Seafaring. 400p. bibliog. diag. glossary. index. map. photos. reprods. DK. Sept. 2013. Tr $30. ISBN 978-1-4654-0841-9.

MEISSNER, David & Kim Richardson. Call of the Klondike: A True Gold Rush Adventure. 168p. bibliog. chron. further reading. illus. map. photos. reprods. websites. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-59078-823-3. LC 2013931060.

MOONEY, Brian. Great Leaders. chron. ISBN 978-1-4777-0403-5. LC 2012032376.

STANGROOM, Jeremy & James Garvey. Great Philosophers. diag. ISBN 978-1-4777-0404-2. LC 2012032781.

ea vol: 128p. (Great People in History Series). further reading. glossary. illus. index. photos. reprods. websites. Rosen. 2013. lib. ed. $34.60. ebook available.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, The. An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work. 180p. chron. photos. reprods. Chicago Review Press. Sept. 2013. pap. $19.95. ISBN 978-1-61374-897-8. LC 2013009403.

PAYMENT, Simone. Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U.S. Navy SEALS. diags. maps. ISBN 978-1-4488-8380-6; ISBN 978-1-4488-8385-1. LC 2012014776.

POOLOS, J. Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command. ISBN 978-1-4488-8383-7; ISBN 978-1-4488-8390-5. LC 2012018783.

SHEA, Therese. Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U.S. Army Green Berets. ISBN 978-1-4488-8381-3; ISBN 978-1-4488-8387-5. LC 2012017970.

ea vol: 64p. (Inside Special Forces Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Rosen Central. 2013. lib. ed. $31.95; pap. $12.95; ebook available.

STERN, Rebecca. Breakfast on Mars: and 37 Other Delectable Essays. 224p. Roaring Brook. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-59643-737-1.

WAGNER, Lisa. Cool World Cooking: Fun and Tasty Recipes for Kids! 160p. glossary. index. map. photos. Scarletta/Junior Scarletta Readers. 2013. Tr $15.95. ISBN 978-1-938063-12-1. ebook available.

WELLDON, Christine. Reporter in Disguise: The Intrepid Vic Steinberg. 78p. bibliog. glossary. index. notes. photos. reprods. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 2013. RTE $19.95. ISBN 978-1-55455-233-7.

WILSON, Janet. Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World. illus. by author. 32p. photos. Second Story. 2013. Tr $18.95. ISBN 978-1-926920-95-5.

WOLFE, Mike with Lily Sprengelmeyer. Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure. 128p. illus. index. photos. reprods. Feiwel & Friends. 2013. Tr $18.99. ISBN 978-1-250-00848-0; pap. $12.99. ISBN 978-1-250-01930-1. ebook available.

YASUDA, Anita. Explore Native American Cultures!: With 25 Great Projects. illus. by Jennifer K. Keller. 90p. chron. glossary. index. map. websites. Nomad. 2013. pap. $12.95. ISBN 978-1-61930-160-3.